About CBPS


Who we are

CBPS Group

CBPS is a multidisciplinary team of faculty, staff, students, and community partners located in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Behavioral Health Policy Studies (CBPS) is to improve the lives of people with mental and substance use disorders through research, education, and service.
  • Research: The Center conducts research on topics related to mental health and substance use using rigorous quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Areas of expertise include design and implementation of intervention trials, analysis of surveys and large claims databases, and policy analysis. There is a particular focus on adults and children treated in public safety net settings.
  • Education: The Center seeks to attract and train masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students interested in mental health and substance use research and policy.  The interdepartmental Mental Health Certificate Program provides students with structured training opportunities, including a chance to attend talks by local, national, and international experts in mental health and public health.
  • Service: The Center provides leadership and technical assistance to community-based partners and local, state, and federal entities in the development and evaluation of  programs and policies for people with behavioral disorders.

Our Vision

Mental health is central to public health. We are committed to fostering collaborative and interdisciplinary relationships, and to training the next generation of Public Health leaders and researchers.

Our Values

Our work is driven by a commitment to the following values:
  • Behavioral health policies should be informed by the best available data.
  • Care for people with mental and substance use disorders should be person-centered and integrated between mental health, substance use, medical, and social welfare systems.
  • Policies and care should be recovery-focused, and oriented towards the needs and priorities of people living with mental disorders.